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Lions lock away Ruggles

Tom Ruggles will remain with Leopold in 2019. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

SPECULATION Tom Ruggles was on the move after just one year back at Leopold has been put to bed, with the former Geelong defender re-signing for 2019.

In more good news for the Lions, fellow former Cat Trent West and best-and-fairest Marcus Thompson have also recommitted to the club.

The announcement was made at Leopold’s presentation night on Thursday.

However, veteran midfielder Matt Miller has announced his retirement, joining former Geelong and Carlton utility Billie Smedts as those departing Memorial Park.

Miller, who was a key plank in Leopold’s first GFL premiership in 2016, played 153 senior and six reserve grade games after joining the Lions from VFL club Williamstown ahead of the 2010 season.

Coach Guy Morphet says Miller deserved to finish his career with a flag.

“With the career he’s had, it would have been nice to have sent him out on a better note, but it wasn’t to be,” Morphet said.

“So, he’ll roll out and give someone else an opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Morphet says the door remains open for Smedts, who will play with his junior club North Warrnambool in 2019, to return to Leopold if he chooses.

“Billie’s a wonderful bloke … I’ll never shut the door on anyone,” Morphet said.

“He’s always welcome back at our football club.

“He and his sister (Maddison) have had a good relationship with Leopold, so I’ll never close the door on Billie Smedts.”

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